The former Destiny's Child star has teamed up with officials at the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to front their Power To End Stroke advertisements, after experiencing first-hand how cerebrovascular accidents can affect families.

"My father had his first stroke in 1994, and then again in 2005," Michelle tells "The stroke in 2005 was devastating. It paralysed him and left him unable to talk."

The singer, whose grandmother also suffered a stroke in 2006, is adamant her dad's health struggles occurred due to smoking, diabetes and an unhealthy diet, and as a result, she is dedicated to raising awareness about stroke prevention and treatment.

Michelle insists "teaching people about diet, and knowing your family history" can make a huge difference in reducing the risk of strokes, and she has made exercising her top priority to help prevent falling victim to the medical condition.

"I definitely make sure my fitness is on point," she says, adding that limiting salt intake and keeping stress levels down are just as important.

She continues, "I'm so happy to share what I know to help prevent families from suffering. If a loved one has had a stroke, I'm with you. I understand."

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim strokes have become a leading cause of death in the U.S., killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year.

Aside from stroke prevention, Michelle believes knowing how to react when someone suffers such a health crisis is also crucial: "I hope the future of stroke awareness continues to reveal the dangers, and how important it is to recognise symptoms of stroke and how to react quickly."